NPR Journalist Michele Norris Speaks On Campus
Award-winning radio journalist Michele Norris will lead a discussion on campus Thursday, April 3 about how communication among races has evolved and what that means for future generations.
Her talk begins at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The event will be followed by a meet and greet and book signing. The event is free and open to Georgia State University students, faculty, staff and the public.
Norris is the first African-American female host of National Public Radio. She also served as a host to NPR’s first news program, “All Things Considered.” Norris was named in 2009 the Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists for her coverage of the 2008 presidential debates on behalf of NPR. Prior to joining NPR, Norris was a reporter for the Washington Bureau of ABC News where she won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for her coverage of 9/11.
In 2010, Norris founded The Race Card Project to encourage a conversation about race among her audiences. On her book tour, Norris asked her audiences to think about their questions, experiences and observations about race and identity. Afterward, Norris asked that they take those thoughts and condense them into one six-word sentence, which she used to create a “Race Wall” decorated with the thousands of submissions she received from countries such as South Korea, Afghanistan and England.
Norris published a book in 2010 titled “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.” In it, she investigates racial legacy and what it means to be an American. A best-seller, the book was praised as one of the best books of 2010 by The Christian Science Monitor.
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